DO drive the Roaring Forks Motor Tour. It’s really beautiful and there are some great places to get out of the car and explore the streams and trails.
DO buy the waterfall map for $1 and then take your pick! Laurel Falls is VERY busy, but still fun. We also drove to a few waterfalls.
DO take a picnic lunch to one of the parks in downtown Gatlinburg. They have nice picnic tables and it’s easy to go down to the stream and play on the rocks.
DO go to Cades Cove. It’s a 25-mile drive from Gatlinburg and then an 11-mile loop to explore the life of early settlers. If you are in good shape, you can ride your bikes around the loop. It is closed to cars on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10 a.m. Kent and I did this 10-years ago and we loved it. It’s too strenuous for young children.
DO go to the Ripley’s Aquarium. It had lots of sharks and amazing exhibits where you could walk in a tunnel under the fish tanks. Believe it or not. We got to see divers feeding the fish, too.
DO take along some books on CD to listen to during some of the drives when everyone is wiped out!
DO enjoy lots of candy in Gatlinburg. There are lots of things to do downtown. Ride the trolley or take the tram over the city. Play miniature golf, shop, ride go-karts.